Our history and direction of travel

Forward Innovation Fund, WM Enterprise Limited ("WME") and Mercia Fund Management are the precursors of Mercia.

Our history and direction of travel

Forward Innovation Fund, WM Enterprise Limited ("WME") and Mercia Fund Management are the precursors of Mercia.

Sale of Allinea to ARM / December 2016

Allinea Software is sold to ARM Limited for £18.1million.

Read more
AIM-listing for Concepta / July 2016

Concepta PLC lists on AIM by way of a reverse takeover.

Read more
18 university partnerships / June 2016

Mercia increases number of university partnerships to 18.

Read more
Acquisition of Enterprise Ventures / March 2016

Mercia acquired Enterprise Ventures Group Limited, creating a go-to provider of early stage & growth capital in the Midlands, the North of England and Scotland operating from six regional offices.

Read article
New offices and partnerships / October 2015

Mercia opened an office in Edinburgh. It also began Scottish partnerships with the University of Strathclyde and Abertay University, as well as three partnerships across the North of England with the Universities of York, Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, taking its universities to 14.

Read article
Mercia Technologies lists on AIM / December 2014

Mercia Technologies PLC listed on AIM, raising £70m. MFM became the wholly-owned subsidiary of Mercia Technologies, providing Mercia with a “Complete Capital Solution” for technology businesses.

Read article
9 University Partnerships / April 2013

MFM increased the number of university partnerships to nine across the Midlands, with £22m under management through third party funds.

Relocation of offices / January 2013

MFM relocated from Birmingham to Forward House in Henley-in-Arden (West Midlands).

First EIS/SEIS fund raised / April 2012

MFM raised the first hybrid Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed EIS (SEIS) fund to come onto the market.

Launch of the Complete Capital Solution / January 2012

Forward Group became a shareholder in MFM and MFM launched the full funding model of early stage investment from third party funds to follow-on direct investment from the balance sheet (the Complete Capital Solution).

Mercia Fund Management created / January 2010

Management buyout led to the creation of the third party fund manager Mercia Fund Management.

Collaboration with Forward Group / January 2007

Forward Group established a collaboration with WME on the basis of their common interest in supporting and investing in the UK’s leading university spinouts.

8 University Partnerships / January 2006

MFM expanded university partnerships to eight.

Launch of MF1 / January 2000

WME launched Mercia Fund 1 (“MF1”), a £4 million evergreen seed fund providing support and capital to spinouts from the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick.

WME established / January 1982

WM Enterprise Limited ("WME") was established in 1982 as a venture capital provider.